KOBE, JAPAN: HYOGO DAIBUTSU (LARGE BUDDHA)

At Nofukuji Temple: (Hyogo Daibutsu), one of the 3 largest Buddhas in Japan (along with Nara and Kamakura.)

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2jun16. Hyogo-Kobe, Japan.

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HIMEJI, JAPAN: HIMEJI CASTLE

Himeji Castle (姫路城 Himeji-jō) is a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.                                                    Himeji Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himeji_Castle

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29may16. Himeji, Japan.